Containing Remodeling Dust

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

Dust Containment At The Job-Site

Unlike building a new home remodeling usually means working in someones house.

I find remodeling challenging and rewarding but the homeowner often finds the remodeling process annoying and a serious cramp to their lifestyle.

Remodeling dust is one of those homeowner annoyances.  Dust from plaster is the worst.

When remodeling, you should be taking precautions to prevent dust from spreading to other areas of the home.  Dust inevitably finds its way beyond the remodeling area and settles on all horizontal surfaces and duct-work. dust containment wall

There is nothing worse than seeing remodeling dust settle on a black baby grand piano two rooms away….. try explaining that one off.

Dust containment falls into two general categories:

1) Protecting floors

2) Confining dust to the remodeling area

Dust Containment:

Here are a few tips I use to keep dust from spreading into other areas.   Taking the time to follow these steps will make your customers appreciative and more likely to refer you!

Doorways:containing remodeling dust

Before the project starts, I pick the best way to enter the remodeling area and designate this doorway as the entry and exit to the work area.   This door is then sealed with plastic and receives a Zipwall zipper.

All other doorways and openings are up with 6-mil poly and masking or blue tape. For doorways that have doors I may close the door and seal up the seams.

Temporary dust wall:

We install 6 mil plastic walls to separate the work area from other areas.  To create this wall we use Zipwalls dust containment system called the “4 Pack Plus.”

The ZipWall® system also comes with two foam-padded rails that attach to the top ends of the telescoping aluminum pole to form a “T” alotemporary dust doorng the ceiling. The foam compresses to the ceiling and forms a super tight seal to prevent dust from penetrating and infiltrating the rest of your house.

HVAC ducts:

I then turn off any forced hot air systems running and seal up all vents, ducts and air returns.   If the system can not be shut down I tell the homeowner to replace filters weekly during the project.

Clean up and vacuum:

I try to keep debris and dust to a minimum throughout the day.   At the end of the day a thorough vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum ensures that the dust picked up stays in the vacuum and is not redistributed through the exhaust port like most shop vacs.dust containment


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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